Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy and teachings are truly golden for students and grown-ups alike as they can help all of us pave the way for a bright future.

Swamiji is often credited with the revival of Hinduism in India in its purest form. He led a hermit life that can help us in the modern 21st century find simpler ways to live our lives by tapping our immense potential that is lying inert inside.

Let’s find some golden nuggets from Swamiji’s teachings from which we can learn the art of leading a good and meaningful life…

Be courageous in face of impediments

As per Swami Vivekananda, life consists of both good and evil. One needs to be strong enough to sail through the bad days for the good ones to come. The day we accept this, we will not only be filled with the strength to face the world but also be more positive in the wake of troubles and hardships. If we wish to live our life to the fullest we need to face everything that comes our way and not run away from it. 

Being persistent

Most often we give up pursuing our goal in the face of hardships and inconveniences. However, as per Swami Vivekananda, human beings have the potential to overcome any hurdles only if they are persistent enough.

We should be persistent enough while working towards something in which we are meant to succeed. It doesn’t matter if we fail over and over again. If we keep on trying, we will reach our goal one day or the other.

Believe in ourselves

Swamiji believes-“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.” 

As per Swamiji’s teachings, if we wish to change the world, we need to believe in ourselves first. This teaching is meant to empower every human being into realising the potential that exists within them. We need to believe in ourselves and keep walking on the path that we think is right for us.

Struggle to grow

Swamiji often says-“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems, you can be sure that you are travelling on a wrong path.”

Swamiji teaches about how if everything comes easy to us then we will never reach our maximum potential. We need to keep testing ourselves and our limits in order to arrive at the truest and best version of ourselves. 

Being selfless

Swamiji says-“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”

Swamiji believed that if we have the resources, we need to be willing to contribute those resources for the greater well-being of others around us. If we involve ourselves in selfless acts of kindness we will reach a sense of happiness which will be immeasurable.

Best version of ourselves

Swamiji says- “Learn everything good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”

Swami Vivekananda propagated the idea of individuality. Swamiji was completely against any sort of blind adherence. However, he propagated the idea that we are different from each other and thus have an individualistic perspective of looking at things.


As per Swamiji’s teachings-“Talk to yourself once a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an intelligent person in this world.”

According to Swamiji’s vision, whatever we do in our life we should be at peace with ourselves. We need to self-introspect to not only know what we really want from our life but also to analyse ourselves and find scope for within. Swamiji believed that only we have the potential to correct ourselves. Hence we need to keep ourselves in check and keep on understanding our innermost desires.

Honesty is the best policy

Swamiji says-“Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.”

Swami Vivekananda always advocated that honesty is the best policy. According to Swamiji, we all need to be honest no matter the circumstances that we are faced with. Obviously, our actions will always have some consequences but we cannot twist the facts or lie in order to lead an easier life. 

All are born equal

Swamiji says, “Soul has no sex, it is neither male nor female. It is only in the body that sex exists, and the man who desires to reach the spirit cannot at the same time hold sex distinctions.”

Swamiji believes that God made us all humans equal. We have no right to discriminate on the basis of religion, caste or gender. He always stood for the rights of women and lower castes and strongly advocated their position in society.

Empathy towards fellow beings

Swamiji says-“So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.”

Swami Vivekananda believed if all of humanity is empathetic towards one another and believes in working for the well-being of others then the world would also be kinder towards us. Swamiji teaches us to be humble and helpful towards our fellow human beings and help those who are actually in need.

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